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Global Land Cover

The JRC coordinated and implemented the Global Land Cover 2000 Project (GLC 2000) in collaboration with a network of partners around the world. The general objective is to provide for the year 2000 a harmonised land cover database over the whole globe. The year 2000 is considered as a reference year for environmental assessment in relation to various activities, in particular the  Ecosystem-related International Conventions of the United Nations. In fact, the GLC2000 dataset was used in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. To achieve this objective, GLC2000 made use of the VEGA 2000 dataset: a dataset of 14 months of pre-processed daily global data acquired by the VEGETATION instrument on board the SPOT 4 satellite, made available through a sponsorship from members of the VEGETATION programme, including the JRC (